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luke_1983uk
06-03-2005, 04:34 AM
please could someone help do these specs sound right for the tt hornet
is it an mp



Best selling prince performance racket. With a 100sq inch head and at a comfortbale 275grams in weight the Triple Threat Hornets enlarged sweetspot allows for easy play from all areas of the court. TT Tungsten in the racket shaft ensures that the racket hoop remains stiff through the swing and that twist and oscillation is massively reduced.

Balance: 31.5 cm
Cross Section: 19 mm Slim Beam
Headsize: 100"
Length: 27.5"
Material: Graphite Extreme, Tungsten
Series: Triple Threat
Swing Index: C900
Stroke Style: High
Swing Style: Long Fast Swing
String Pattern: 18/20
String Tension: 55-65 lbs
String: Prince Wrapsure 16L
Weight: 275g (unstrung)

RACKET FEATURES AND TECHNOLOGY

TRIPLE THREAT TUNGSTEN:- Triple Threat is a unqiue balaned weighting system that focuses Princes' exclusive Triple Threat materail in three critical racket locations. The end result is perfect balance and stability in a racket that will improve your game.
Triple Threat Means:
- An expanded sweet sport in all directions
- Ultimate stability for greater power and imporved control on all hits (on-and-off-centre).
- Less Shock, easier on your arm.

How it Works:- Triple Threat increases racket stability by focusing weight inserts of Titanium-Copper:- Carbon in three critical racket locations: 10 o'clock, 2 o'clock and at the base of the handle. The result is a phenominally stable racket design, with a huge sweet spot, for more power and precision than ever.


thanks

weed
06-03-2005, 04:36 AM
the beam width is not 19mm

Gaines Hillix
06-03-2005, 04:48 AM
The shaft is 22mm and the beam width is 24mm on the MP version.

POGO
06-03-2005, 05:05 AM
The balance is more even so it is a good baseliner stick.

luke_1983uk
06-03-2005, 05:33 AM
so do you know whether this is the racket used by maria sharapova
what version of the hornet is this?
im just a bit confused

netman
06-03-2005, 12:56 PM
Here are the published specs for the TT Hornet MP

Balance: 2 pts HL
Cross Section: 24-22 CTS Taper
Stiffness: 75
Headsize: 100"
Length: 27.5"
Material: Graphite Extreme, Tungsten
Series: Triple Threat
Swing Index: C925
Power Level: Med
Swing Style:Med-Fast Swing
String Pattern: 16/20
String Tension: 53-63 lbs
String: Prince Wrapsure 16L
Weight: 289g (strung)
Swingweight: 318

Here are the published specs for the TT Hornet OS

Balance: 3 pts HL
Cross Section: 26-24 CTS Taper
Stiffness: 70
Headsize: 110"
Length: 27.5"
Material: Graphite Extreme, Tungsten
Series: Triple Threat
Swing Index: C975
Power Level: Med
Swing Style:Moderate
String Pattern: 16/19
String Tension: 57-67 lbs
Weight: 286g (strung)
Swingweight: 305

Sharapova played the Hornet OS until and through her win at Wimbledon. It was painted to look like a MORE Attack OS but the grommets and lack of an Air Handle gave it away as a Hornet. She has since switched to the Shark OS.

The Hornet is not really a very high powered racquet and one of the underappreciated members of the TT series. Makes a great customization platform if you like a lighter, stiffer frame. The Shark is definitely an improvement in that they dropped the stiffness down into the low 60's and updated the weight a bit.

-k-

POGO
06-03-2005, 01:27 PM
Netman,

I think Maria used the midplus. I counted 20 cross strings on the Hornet she was using. The OS only has 19 cross strings.

Look here
http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/2075939.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=E2399169AC85D6DEEAED979D247C4F172BC86B7A4E23 BA36


and pics of her from the FO 2005.
http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/52972943.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=5EEB7829CDAF634743EF7BBA96B23B19A9C30E9B9B11 4CE8

tennissavy
06-03-2005, 01:58 PM
Netman,

I think Maria used the midplus. I counted 20 cross strings on the Hornet she was using. The OS only has 19 cross strings.

Look here
http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/2075939.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=E2399169AC85D6DEEAED979D247C4F172BC86B7A4E23 BA36


and pics of her from the FO 2005.
http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/52972943.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=5EEB7829CDAF634743EF7BBA96B23B19A9C30E9B9B11 4CE8
That's correct midplus for sharapova. She still uses it under shark paint.

POGO
06-03-2005, 02:12 PM
Here is a better close up of her Shark from the recent french open.

Yes, it is a paint job to look like the shark. She is still using the TT Hornet MP.

The Shark MP and OS both have 19 cross strings, but her shark has 20 which the Hornet MP has.

http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/52998915.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=5EEB7829CDAF63477B3CCF466AA9749BA9C30E9B9B11 4CE8

netman
06-03-2005, 02:18 PM
Good catch folks. I had seen pictures of her hittting with a Shark, but in your shots it sure does look like a Hornet. The true give away is the beam profile. The Hornet MP tapers from 24mm at the tip to 22mm at the shaft. The Shark is the opposite, 22 at the tip, 26 at the base of the head. Anybody got a shot that shows her racquet side on?

POGO
06-03-2005, 02:36 PM
Good catch folks. I had seen pictures of her hittting with a Shark, but in your shots it sure does look like a Hornet. The true give away is the beam profile. The Hornet MP tapers from 24mm at the tip to 22mm at the shaft. The Shark is the opposite, 22 at the tip, 26 at the base of the head. Anybody got a shot that shows her racquet side on?
Are these good enough showing the her racket from the side?

http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/53001307.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=46F9E1EC3E3E81DFE8B60388082757DEA9C30E9B9B11 4CE8

http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/52982922.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=E2399169AC85D6DE9A21091711E5AD1EA61781BE2CB1 03897757C85AE85A779B

http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/52982339.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=5EEB7829CDAF634723FCDC8C802681C6A9C30E9B9B11 4CE8 :)

http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/52824907.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=E2399169AC85D6DE9A21091711E5AD1ED0E78501A096 951A7757C85AE85A779B

http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/52824902.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=E2399169AC85D6DE9A21091711E5AD1E724E7F43602F 5B047757C85AE85A779B

http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/52819496.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=E2399169AC85D6DE9A21091711E5AD1E013DD35EE0E0 43F47757C85AE85A779B

http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/52807472.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=E2399169AC85D6DE9A21091711E5AD1E052A54F137A9 BBC47757C85AE85A779B

http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/52782871.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=E2399169AC85D6DE9A21091711E5AD1EC0C7BA8CCAB5 C72E7757C85AE85A779B

http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/52782839.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=E2399169AC85D6DE9A21091711E5AD1E76B3A2827CC3 9F9C7757C85AE85A779B

http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/52765785.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=062216C2E92DE686378CB59C2C97AB7D621B2AC3A625 13D3

netman
06-03-2005, 02:45 PM
I have to say that sure looks iike a Hornet. The giveaway to me is the size of the TT weighting at 10 and 2. Its much larger on the Hornet than the Shark. That plus the fairly straight sides seems to give it away.

BTW, I have been playing customized TT Hornet MPs for a couple of years, so I'm glad to see they are still being used on the tour. As I said before, a very underappreciated "player-tweener" frame.

POGO
06-03-2005, 02:50 PM
I have to say that sure looks iike a Hornet. The giveaway to me is the size of the TT weighting at 10 and 2. Its much larger on the Hornet than the Shark. That plus the fairly straight sides seems to give it away.

BTW, I have been playing customized TT Hornet MPs for a couple of years, so I'm glad to see they are still being used on the tour. As I said before, a very underappreciated "player-tweener" frame.
Yes, they are great rackets. It has a big sweet spot and it really bites on groundstrokes and serves. I don't have mine customized.

BTW..did you know the early Hornet tungsten weighted heavier than the later ones? Look at the letter between the <> in the throat were it shows the stringing recommendations. The letters with A through F were heavier and it had a thicker coat of red paint. The newer ones after the F were much lighter, about .6 oz less and has a lighter coat of red and a little hint of orange color on the throat area. Mine is a <b> revision. What is yours?

kv581
06-03-2005, 03:26 PM
How can you tell between a paintjob of the early Hornet (non-Tungsten) and the Tungsten version? I believe they play quite differently, with the earlier version having a much higher swing weight. Which Hornet (Tungsten vs non-Tungsten) do Sharapova and Gambil use?

POGO
06-03-2005, 03:32 PM
Here is a pic of maria using the early non tungsten Hornet MP
http://cache.gettyimages.com/comp/548029.jpg?x=x&dasite=MS_GINS&ef=2&ev=1&dareq=E2399169AC85D6DEDD8AF5E2FFC9AE1CE54FAB60F42A 51F3

Yes, the non tungsten Hornet had a much higher swingweight and I did not like it.

The tungsten played much better and much easier to hit with spin because of the lighter swingweight. the tungsten version also felt much better and bigger sweet spot IMHO.

netman
06-03-2005, 06:10 PM
POGO, I use the Tungsten all metal flake red versions. The original version had a swingweight so high it had no manuveurabiiity. Very sluggish. My MPs have lead in the handle and at 3 and 9. They weight 10.8 oz. are 7 pts HL.

kv581, the originals had a primary red color with black and gold accents. The lighter Tungstens were basically all metal flake red in color. You can easily tell the difference when you pick them up.